The nursery at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital
Hurst-Euless-Bedford includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit for premature babies or babies needing extra medical care.
The NICU is staffed with neonatal nurse practitioners and
neonatal nurses with experience in high-risk infant care.
Neonatologists - physicians affiliated with Pediatrix, Inc., who
specialize in the care of premature infants and those needing
special care - are available for consultation. If your baby must
stay in the NICU, the staff will be happy to relay the visiting
times for you and your family to spend time with your baby.
Should the unexpected occur, a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP)
is available 24-hours a day to assist in the care of your newborn
during delivery and in the NICU. The NNP has experience taking
care of high-risk infants and those needing special care. The NNP
may be requested by your physician to attend the birth of your
infant. Additionally, your physician may request that the
neonatologist attend your delivery. You can expect to receive
charges from Pediatrix, Inc., if either the NNP or neonatologist
attends the birth of your newborn.
Bubbles have always been child-friendly. Now,
they're becoming a key ingredient in helping the tiniest babies
breathe on their own.
The NICU uses Bubble CPAP, a breathing assistance system showing
promising results in decreasing chronic lung disease in premature
infants. Texas Health HEB was the first to implement the system
in Northeast Tarrant County and is one of only three area
hospitals currently using Bubble CPAP.
Premature babies often have underdeveloped lungs. Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a breathing system used to
deliver airflow and pressure to an infant's lungs through short
prongs in the nose. The air pressure helps keep the lungs open at
the end of exhalation and allows the baby to initiate his/her own
breathing. But adding bubbles to the process is making it even
more effective, decreasing the need to put some babies on
mechanical ventilators. Bubble CPAP helps prevent long-term lung